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New work programme 2016–2020 – up to NOK 100 million in funding for Researcher Projects

Up to NOK 100 million for new research that seeks to understand and explain cultural conditions underlying societal development by shedding light on key societal challenges in the following areas: “Man and Nature”, “Technology and Material Environments”, and “Knowledge, Welfare and Economy”.

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17.02.2016 13:00 CET



Amount of funding presumed available for this call for proposals:

Up to NOK 100 million for the period 2016–2020.

Guidelines and important considerations relevant to all types of applications in this call for proposals:


The Norwegian-language call for proposals is the legally binding version.

The SAMKUL programme has 24 research projects underway at the end of 2015. The project portfolio is described and analysed in the programme board’s midterm report from September 2015 (in Norwegian only). On the basis of the recently revised SAMKUL work programme for 2016–2020 and the guidelines and priorities set out there, the programme is announcing up to NOK 100 million in funding for new research projects.

The objective of this call for proposals is to provide funding for research of high scientific merit that explores and sheds light on the cultural conditions underlying the formation of society taking place today and societal development in the future, as this is described in the new SAMKUL Work programme 2016-2020 PDF - 966 KB  . It is critical that the grant proposals demonstrate their relevance for current societal challenges and show how the research will help to shed light on, understand or explain these.

Grant applications submitted to the SAMKUL programme must involve research that seeks to understand and explain cultural conditions underlying societal development by shedding light on societal challenges in the following areas:

  • Man and Nature

  • Technology and Material Environments

  • Knowledge, Welfare and Economy

The cultural conditions and societal challenges must be analysed through one or more dimensions: historical, ethical, religious, communicative, linguistic, aesthetic and/or normative. Please refer to Chapters 3 and 4 in the work programme for a more thorough description of the programme’s objectives, thematic priority areas and other priorities.

Grant applications submitted to the SAMKUL programme must demonstrate ways in which innovative research can provide new insight into how cultural conditions affect societal development and how relevant societal challenges may be understood, interpreted and explained. The programme board expects that many studies of the relationship between societal development and cultural conditions will require approaches across established disciplinary boundaries, as well as new theoretical and methodological orientations. However, not all projects are required to take an interdisciplinary approach. Funding will only be awarded to research projects that are relevant to the SAMKUL programme’s objectives and priorities and that are of high scientific merit.

In addition, the programme board will give priority to projects that incorporate:

  • Active project management and good internal organisation, e.g. with regard to the integration of research fellowships and sub-projects into the project as a whole and the project’s overall thematic area and perspective. The role of the various researchers in the project must be clearly described.

  • Ambitious, realistic plans for communication and dissemination from the project to identified target groups outside of the project’s own research community, e.g. with interested parties from the public administration, civil society and the general public. Good, realistic plans for scientific publication are required.

  • International cooperation, with specification given of the individuals involved and tasks under the project – such as plans for visiting researchers and research stays abroad.

  • National cooperation, e.g. that the project involves collaboration with persons/groups outside of the institution where the project is based. Specification of the individuals involved and tasks under the project must be given.

  • Participation of younger researchers in the form of post-doctoral research fellows, as well as doctoral research fellows and other collaboration between senior-level and junior-level researchers.

  • Assuming that all factors relating to scientific merit and relevance are essentially equal, priority will be given to projects led by women project managers.

Additional information

  • This call for proposals is targeted towards universities, university colleges, research institutes and other research institutions. These may establish cooperation with other types of institutions when relevant.

Under this call for proposals, funding may be sought only for the application type “Researcher Project”.

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